He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Jesus For President
This guy challenges my faith every time I read or hear from him. I love his stance on radical living, and social injustice. I am really looking forward to hearing from him at the CCDA conference this year!
"Too often the patriotic values of pride and strength triumph over the spiritual values of humility, gentleness, and sacrificial love."
We in the church are schizophrenic: we want to be good Christians, but deep down we trust that only the power of the state and its militaries and markets can really make a difference in the world.
Rather than placing our hope in a transitional church that embodies God's kingdom, we assume America is God's hope for the world, even when it doesn't look like Christ."
".....the question is not are we political, but how are we political. Not are we relevant, but are we peculiar? The answer lies in how we embody what we believe. Our greatest challenge is to maintain the distinctiveness of our faith in a world gone mad. And all of creation waits, groans, for a people who live God’s dream with fresh imagination."
"If you want to know what we believe, watch how we live"